Azeri banker's high-spending wife targeted by new British anti-graft powers

Azeri banker's high-spending wife targeted by new British anti-graft powers

Azeri banker's high-spending wife targeted by new British anti-graft powers

Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, also owns a golf course in Berkshire, two bays within the private Harrods auto park and Mrs Hajiyeva also bought a $42m Gulfstream G550 jet.

Lawyers for Mrs Hajiyeva said in a statement: 'The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrong-doing, whether on her part or that of her husband.

Hajiyev's husband Jahangir is now serving a 15-year sentence in Azerbaijan for defrauding the country's state-owned national bank, where he served as chairman between 2001 and 2015.

Unexplained Wealth Orders have "the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the United Kingdom as a destination for illicit income", Donald Toon, the director for economic crime at the National Crime Agency, said in a statement.

Her lawyers say Mrs Hajiyeva will comply with the order and put her case forward to the courts.

The wife of a "fat cat" banker, who spent more than £16 million at Harrods, can finally be named after a judge rejected her bid for anonymity. If she's unable to do that, she risks having the assets seized. Between 2006 and 2016, Hajiyeva spent more than £16 million including £1,800 (£3,000) on wine and spirits in one day. He has been ordered to pay back $39 million.

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Hames also called for those who provide luxury goods and services to individuals to ask questions if they are known to be public servants on state salaries and to file reports of suspicious activity with the police.

Mr Toon added that other eight people now being pursued by the agency under the Unexplained Wealth Order powers came from Africa, South Asia, states with in the former Soviet Union and Russian Federation.

Official records reveal the couple also own two dedicated bays within the private Harrods vehicle park and Mrs Hajiyeva also bought a $42m Gulfstream G550 jet.

It prevented her or her husband Jahangir Hajiyev's identification, publication of their country of origin, the bank Mr Hajiyev worked for, and the location of the two properties.

Campaigning group Transparency International said that it has identified property worth £4.4 billion in the United Kingdom purchased from suspicious wealth.

The failure of her attempt to throw out the case in the courts last week was hailed as a significant victory for the authorities who have vowed to expand the use of the tactic.

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They said the order "is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence".

Anticorruption group Transparency International UK welcomed the latest developments. Hajiyeva has denied any wrongdoing.

Asked who would then have a right to claim that wealth, he said: "Ultimately, that becomes a political and worldwide issue". From 1993 to 2015 Mr Hajiyev was a state employee and his wealth is not justified by his income.

The crime agency argued the lavish spending was a sign the money was ill-gotten.

If a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches, then the National Crime Agency can apply to the High Court to seize the property.

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